‘Shiva Baby’ Trailer: Sugar Babies, Bagels, And Exes Make Things Awkward In New Indie Darling With Dianna Agron & Molly Gordon

A sugar baby runs into her married sugar daddy at a funeral, with her ex and all her judgmental family members glaring at her from across the room. If this awkward premise sounds intriguing then you will love the new trailer for Shiva Baby from Utopia Media.

Playing the sugar baby Danielle is newcomer Rachel Sennott. Dianna Agron (Glee) pops up as Danielle’s sugar daddy’s wife, complicating matters and bringing Danielle a different kind of grief at the shiva. Molly Gordon (Booksmart), Fred Melamed (Wandavision, In A World…), Polly Draper (Obvious Child), and Jackie Hoffman (Feud: Bette and Joan) also star.

If this film isn’t on your radar, it should be. The first feature of writer/director Emma Seligman premiered online at the 2020 South by Southwest festival. It also competed at Toronto Film Festival and was rated the second-best screenplay by critics at the festival, after One Night in Miami. With critics’ support and festival exposure, Shiva Baby already has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. This film has indie darling written all over it.

Shiva Baby streams On Demand and in theaters April 2nd.

SYNOPSIS: A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle’s day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.